Thursday, 21 May 2020

The Moon and the Raven

I first saw the Raven trying to eat the Sun on June 30, 1954. I had saved for a year to buy a roll of Ektachrome and then found I did not have enough money to pay for the developing. I did better in 1963 - July 20th at Moose River Crossing, north of Cochrane - 70 seconds before Raven got indigestion and spat out the sun, Aug 1999 was not good - 8/8 cloud cover from the ground up . boy was that dark and eerie.This was filmed in PAL - pitch black with the reaction of a class of grade XII students . very impressive.

The camera club suggested the challenge of photographing the moon and so I thought this series might be interesting. The first, the introduction, was The Moon and the Turtle.
Now I want to try for the New Moon. October 24, 2014.

The first gives the impression several of us had standing on the shore of Bass Lake above the town:



Not the best for astronomy but a colourful warm sunset. However by changing the exposure and using a mylar film right in front of the camera  I could  get a more astronomical result:

Note the sunspots,


By 2017 there were still a  few sunspots to be see. August 21 -


There were several different approaches:






Vicki and I were at Mikisew Provincial Park wheere I took these 3 shots:





The last 2 photos  give different "worldly points of view.



Cheers, Raven,

WOB

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